Community Notes:

Springbrook Splendor is first Hometown Christmas event
Springbrook Splendor, the first of several Hometown Christmas celebrations, will begin with the lighting of the City of Alcoa Christmas tree followed with special music by Alcoa Elementary School Singers, starting at 6:15 p.m., Monday, Nov 27, at Springbrook Park. A special performance will also be given the Soul-E-Unified drama team of High Praises Church
The pathways in the upper fields of the park will come alive with luminaries, train rides and a visit by Santa Claus will be available for the children and plenty of hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies will be available for everyone. In case of
inclement weather, the event will follow the same schedule on Tuesday, November 28.

Christmas at the Blount County Courthouse will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, and the Illumination of the Greenbelt across from First Baptist Church Maryville is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4.

For more information on Hometown Christmas events sponsored by the Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation and Blount Today, please call 865-983-9244 or visit our web site at

Santa makes phone calls to children
Parks and Recreation is now accepting registration for the "Santa Call the Children" program. Thanks to the Maryville-Alcoa Civitan, this Hometown Christmas event has become a community tradition and allows children ages 3-7 an opportunity to enjoy a very special telephone call from Santa Claus. For more than 20 years, Civitan volunteers have been arranging calls from Santa to hundreds of children in Blount County and plans for this year’s event are well underway.

Registration applications are available at Parks and Recreation, 316 S. Everett High Road with the deadline set for December 1. Children ages 3-5 will be called on the evening of December 5th between the hours of 5-9 p.m. and ages 6 and 7 will receive calls on December 7 from 5-9 p.m. For those who have submitted registration for members of their family to receive a call, parents are encouraged to make sure their children are available on the days and times specified.

For more information on this and other Hometown Christmas programs sponsored by the Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Recreation and Blount Today, please call 865-983-9244 or visit

Christmas at the Courthouse set for November 30
The fifteenth annual "Christmas at the Courthouse", a Hometown Christmas event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Blount County Courthouse.

The evening will include the official lighting of the Festival of Trees which will be displayed on the Courthouse lawn through January 1 .

Other activities during the holiday celebration will include musical performances by the Hometown Choir, the Mary Blount Elementary Bell Choir, a visit from Santa Claus who will arrive on a fire engine provided by the Blount County Fire Department, and rides on the holiday train for children.

Schedule of activities:

  • 6:30 p.m. - Lighting of the Festival of Trees, music by Hometown Choir and Mary Blount Elem. Bell Choir
  • 7 - 8 p.m. - Arrival of Santa Claus, train rides, light refreshments.

Everyone is invited to attend the event which will be held rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, various aspects of the program will be cancelled or moved indoors.

For more information regarding Hometown Christmas events sponsored by the Maryville-Alcoa-Blount Parks & Recreation and Blount Today, please call 865-983-9244 or visit our web site at

A Pioneer Christmas at Thompson-Brown House
All residents are invited to the Thompson-Brown House located across from Blount Memorial Hospital between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Friday Dec. 1 for an old fashioned open house.

The 200-year- old log cabin will twinkle with period decorations provided by the Blount County Garden Clubs. There will be displays of Cades Cove miniature replica buildings and antique tools and toys. A light lunch will be provided for all visitors by the Blount County Historic Trust and Keep Blount Beautiful at no cost.

At noon, a special presentation will be made to honor the contribution of Melissa Nance, former director of the Little River Watershed Association.

For more information, call 865-681-4809 or email

Townsend Library is a top ten American library
The Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library in Townsend has been ranked number 2 in its population category by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR) 2006. HAPLR identifies the public libraries in America with the highest input and output measures. Scoring is similar to an ACT or SAT score with a theoretical minimum of 1 and a maximum of 1,000, although most libraries score between 260 and 730. The Mary Tippitt Library scored 895. The listing is featured in the November 2006 issue of American Libraries magazine, a publication of the American Libraries Association. For more information visit the HAPLR website at

Anyone interested in participating in the Townsend Community Christmas Parade may pick up a registration form at the library. We also have order forms for the purchase of holiday wreaths to benefit the Appalachian Bear Rescue.

The Mary Tippitt Library is located at 120 Tiger Drive in Townsend. Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a drop box by the front door for after-hours returns.

Computer access is available to residents and visitors at no charge. Faxing, printing, and copying services are available for a small fee.

For more information, call 865-448-1441, fax 865-448-1875, email:, or visit the website at

A Secret Safe Place to hold ‘Breakfast with Santa’
A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee will hold a "Breakfast with Santa" from 7 - 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, at Applebee’s on Alcoa Highway.

Children of all ages and their families can enjoy pancakes with Santa, as well as participate in table activities. There will also be an opportunity to purchase special Christmas ornaments. Tickets are $5 for adults and children and include pancakes, sausage, and a drink. Tickets are available in advance from the Secret Safe Place Business Office at 865-254-2208 or at the door of the event. All proceeds benefit A Secret Safe Place for Newborns of Tennessee.

The goal of the organization is to raise awareness of Tennessee’s Safe Haven Law in order to prevent newborn abandonment. The law allows the anonymous surrender of unharmed newborns up to three-days-old to hospitals, birthing centers, community health clinics, and walk-in clinics without fear of prosecution for the mother.

For more information, please contact the business office at 865-254-2208 or access the website at Women in crisis should call the Helpline at 865-982-4224 or 1-866-699-SAFE.

Center seeks donations for Pellissippi State book sale
Do you have any books lying around the house that you’ll never read again? Music recordings piled in your car? Movies stacked in the TV room? Now is the time to clean house and donate to a worthy cause.

Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Blount County Center is already accepting books, VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs and pre-recorded cassette tapes for the college’s annual Faculty Senate Book Sale on March 12-14, 2007.

Proceeds from the sale of the items will go to the Pellissippi State Foundation for student scholarships.

Anyone who would like to donate can drop the donation by the main office at the Blount County Center at your convenience.

Call Brenda Ammons at 865-981-5340 or Janice Wade at 865-694-6413 for more information.

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